We should declare land casinos somewhere in Mopa or MPT area

Ports Minister Michael Lobo stressed on the need for the government to adopt a new policy, which would allow all off-shore casinos to set shop in Mopa/MPT area. He also said for the moment there were plans to shift the casinos on the other side of the Aguada bay which won’t affect anyone. “I will tell the CM that before this term of extension given to the casinos comes to an end, we will have to come out with a new casino policy for Goa. Under the new policy, we should declare land casinos somewhere in Mopa/MPT area and all casinos will be given this much time to shift.” “You take land on lease, build a five-star hotel and take your casino over there, the matter is over,” he added. The Ports Minister said that nobody can wish away the fact that casinos have become part of the industry today. “Those who do not accept this do not know the reality. They should find out how much the casinos are paying through GST, what is their licence fee, how many people they have employed, how many taxis are plying there and how many hotel rooms are being sold in Panaji and Calangute,” he said. Slamming former Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes for playing politics on casinos, Lobo said no casinos were being brought in Calangute or front of the Aguada Fort. “There is no chance for casinos to come to Aguada. We will bring casinos on the other side of the Aguada bay but it will not affect anybody.” Lobo said no one can deny the fact that Congress was responsible for bringing off-shore casinos to the State. “If Agnelo Fernandes is making some allegations under the Congress banner then he is insulting his own party. Congress gave entry to off-shore casinos in River Mandovi,” he said. “He (Agnelo Fernandes) should not fool the people. The two land casinos in Calangute are brought by him. We stopped the third one. How many hotels does he have and how many of his guests are going to casinos he should find out. Agnelo cannot play politics on casinos,” he added.